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3 Russian bomber pilots killed by ejection system error

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Three members of a Russian bomber's air crew died Tuesday when their ejection seats accidentally activated during preflight checks, the military said. The Russian Defense Ministry said the incident happened at an airbase in the Kaluga region, about 145 kilometers (90 miles) southwest of Moscow. It said the crew of a Tu-22M3 long-range bomber was preparing for a training mission when its ejection system malfunctioned and accidentally shot the crew out. The ministry said the altitude… (news.yahoo.com) Ещё...

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bbabis
bbabis 6
Military "training" missions often carry more danger than combat missions. RIP to the soldiers.
jbsimms
James Simms 3
Stationed in South Korea 1984-85, my unit was responsible for the inventory, maintenance, & if need be; signing over of two large ammunition storage areas reserved to the South Korean Army in event of the North Korea coming across the border. These storage areas were on South Korean military installations.
One day we were inside one of the large above ground ammo magazines (think the size of two & a half football fields) inventorying ammo. South Korean soldiers were bring down 6-7 pallets of 155mm HE, Rocket Assist, 6 rounds to a pallet, 16 pounds of Comp B per shell. The propelling charges were stored in separate magazines.
They moved a little too fast & dropped all of the pallets to the concrete floor. Everyone but the SK soldiers driving the forklift had an ‘Oh Sh*t’ moment while the forklift drivers thought it was really funny. Don’t know what happened to them but @ the time (& maybe still) SK NCO’s & Officer's were not beneath physically beating up lower ranked soldiers.

Day before yesterday was the Anniversary of the Green Ramp Disaster @ Pope AFB where an errant F-16 crashed into a C-141 & Airborne troops readying for a jump. Killed 24 good troops.
Scumhook
Scumhook 1
I can't understand how you can see someone drop a pallet load of explosives and not just fall over laughing...

/s
charlie02vy
Charlie Roberts 6
Prayers to their families, friends, and colleagues.
tranderson2
Tommy Boy 1
It would appear that God answered the prayers of a few hundred (or more) Syrians.
tranderson2
Tommy Boy 1
"About 60 are estimated to remain in service with the Russian air force,"
Press on, Comrades! Nothing to see here.

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